March 25, 2010
The ACT TEACHERS Partylist led a protest action this morning at the head office of the Government Service Insurance System in Pasay City.
Around 30 placard-bearing teachers and school employees picketed the main gate of the GSIS compound. Several speakers denounced the oppressive policies of the GSIS and its President and General Manager Winston Garcia, describing him as “incompetent” and “insensitive” to the plight of the country’s 1.5 million GSIS members. The protesters lobbed paint bombs at a large portrait of Garcia and President Gloria Arroyo, whom the protesters criticized for her continued support of the unpopular GSIS administrator. The protesters then concluded their protest by burning the images of Garcia and Arroyo. Read more…
April 27, 2010
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers will lead a motorcade and march of public school teachers and employees to Mendiola on Wednesday, April 28, to demand the refund of illegal deductions made by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from the benefits of its members.
Several hundred teachers are expected to join the protest action in Metro Manila tomorrow. They will assemble at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City at 7 a.m., motorcade to UST in Manila, and start the march to Mendiola at 9 a.m.. There they will hold a program until 11 a.m. The protesters will burn a large image of GSIS President and General Manager Winston Garcia and Pres. Gloria Arroyo to symbolize their protest. Read more…
December 8, 2010
Iloilo National High School, Iloilo City – In a recent consultation with local school districts, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio garnered even more support for House Bill (HB) 2142, or the “The Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act.”
“Is your present salary enough to meet your daily needs?” Tinio asked as he rallied Iloilo public school educators behind HB 2142. Teachers in attendance lamented that a pay hike is needed to improve their quality of life.
Tinio gathered the same sentiment in Bacolod, where he discussed HB 2142 during the 59thBacolod City’s Teachers Day. During the Visayas sojourn, around 700 teachers from Iloilo and Bacolod were briefed about the increase. Read more…
February 6, 2010
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) today called on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to address the impending massive disenfranchisement of teachers this coming May 2010 election.
According to ACT National Vice-Chairperson Benjamin Valbuena, there are reports that some local COMELEC offices has already declared the teachers who have not voted in their registered precincts in the past two elections, as deactivated voters.
“This is preposterous,” said Valbuena, “for these teachers have been voting in the precincts where they were assigned as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI). This problem was already resolved during former COMELEC Chair Benjamin Abalos’ time which issued COMELEC Resolution No. 7833 in the May 2007 elections. The resolution allowed the teachers to transfer their voter’s registration from where they reside, to the place where they work”. Read more…